This pamphlet was prepared by the Communications
Committee of the State Bar of Georgia as a public
service. It is not intended to be a comprehensive statement
of law. Its purpose is to inform, not to advise on any
particular legal problem. If you have specific questions
regarding any matter contained in this pamphlet, you are
encouraged to consult a lawyer.
How long will it take to solve my
Below are some questions that may aid you in your discus-
sions with the lawyer as you seek to determine the length
of time expected to solve your legal problem.
l Again, ask the lawyer how long it has taken him/her to
bring cases similar to yours to a conclusion in the past.
l Ask if your case involves issues more complex than his/
her previous cases and whether or not that will affect
the expected time to bring this case to a conclusion.
l Ask if there are any legal time limitations which re-
strict the length of time you have to bring an action. If
there is no way to predict how long this matter might
take, what are the reasons for that? Ask if there is
anything you can do to speed up the process.
What results can I expect? What do you
expect to accomplish?
Ask the lawyer to explain the law as it relates to your case
and the effect which existing laws may have on your case.
It is extremely important that both the client and lawyer
fully understand each other with regard to the results ex-
pected. This should play a big part in determining whether
or not the cost and the time involved in pursuing the mat-
ter are worth what is expected as a result.
The Expectation of the Client and the
The lawyer and client should agree on what expectations
that each have, such as settlement, mediation or trial, and
how the lawyer will try to obtain those expectations. The
client has a right to expect a status report of the case.
How to Choose
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